You’ve been working on your book for years and now you want to have it published. Congratulations! The publishing process may seem overwhelming to a new author, but there are some tips that can help you navigate this industry. Here are four things that new authors should know before making a serious leap into the publishing market.
Hire Legal Representation
Entertainment lawyers, such as John Branca, are there to help you navigate the publishing industry and the legal challenges that may come with it. He or she can review and negotiate contracts, represent you in any legal disputes and help protect your intellectual property rights. Retaining an entertainment lawyer from day one of your journey to publish your work can help you feel secure and shield you from any legal issues that arise. He or she may also be able to help you find other industry professionals, such as editors and literary agents.
Retain an Editor
An editor is key to the success of your book. A professional book editor can help polish your book and make it the very best it can be. Consider whether you want to hire a freelance editor, who will charge less, or if your budget allows you to retain a more experienced editor. Be sure to find an editor who works within your genre. Ask people in the industry for recommendations before you hire anyone to edit your work.
Before you jump into the publishing world or hire a literary agent, educate yourself about publishing. Read books and talk to other professionals so that you know what to expect. Having knowledge of the publishing industry before you sell your book will place you in a stronger position to negotiate a deal that is advantageous to you. It will also help you pick which publishers may be a good fit for your manuscript and which literary agents may be the best choice to represent you.
Continually read other authors’ books, both inside and outside of your chosen genre. This helps you become a stronger writer and helps you keep up with trends inside the industry. Being knowledgeable will also help you when it is time to network with other authors and industry professionals.
Publishing your first book is an exciting and scary time. There’s so much to learn about and so many challenges to navigate. With just a few tips, you will be well on your way to successfully obtaining a publishing deal. Good luck!